All in the Family

382fabbe-624f-49ef-afef-8d5ff3cdefc4“Well, Becky,” the man said to Rebecca, “you’ve certainly changed since the last time I saw you. You were, I think, maybe ten of eleven at the time and a spoiled, immature girl who I thought would surely end up sad and alone. But look at you now. You’ve gone through quite a metamorphosis from an ugly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.”

“It’s Rebecca,” she said, a bitter coldness in her voice. “I remember you. Your unwanted and inappropriate advances toward me, ugly caterpillar that you claim I was, created a lot of turbulence in my young life. You almost broke me and I still hold a lot of resentment directed toward you for what you did to me.”

“Becky,” he said, “I gave you attention when no one else would. I touched you in a way no other man would. You should be thanking me for what I did for you.”

“I will thank you to lumber your fat, old, ugly ass to your car and to motor you way back to whatever hole you live in and to stay out of my life forever,” Rebecca said. “If I ever see you again, I promise I will tell the police, the newspapers, and anyone who will listen exactly what you did to me when I was not even 12 years old. I will totally ruin your sad and depraved life just as you almost ruined mine.”

“Fine,” he said. “Just promise you won’t ever tell your mother.”

“My mother knows. Why did you think she hasn’t spoken to you in two decades, Uncle Bob?”

Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (immature), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (metamorphosis), Michael’s Writing Prompt (turbulence), Your Daily Word Prompt (resentment), Ragtag Daily Prompt (lumber), and Daily Addictions (motor).

13 thoughts on “All in the Family

  1. msjadeli January 7, 2019 / 6:34 pm

    Nice twist at the end. He’s lucky he’s still alive!

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    • Fandango January 7, 2019 / 10:21 pm

      True. It could have been justifiable homicide.

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  2. Sadje January 7, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    Good post. Unfortunately too true in many cases.


  3. Walk the Goats January 8, 2019 / 6:54 am

    Well that struck a familiar nerve! Way too familiar. For me and likely lots of other women.

    The podcast Believed is a great listen. Eight episodes telling the story behind the Larry Nassar abuse. Sobering.

    Thanks for this piece. Painful but real.

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  4. leigha66 January 13, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    I had a bad feeling about him… lowlife! Good story about an all too often occurring problem.

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